Merck Forest Trail

MODERATE 14 reviews

Merck Forest Trail is a 4.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Dorset, Vermont that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.9 miles
1,046 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash





nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


2 months ago

Loved this. Network of trails criss-crossing above a well- maintained farm and berry patches. Yes it’s perfect for families with little kids and olds, but grown solo and couple hikers will absolutely love this too. Hat aloft to the keepers of the Merck forest and farm, beautiful job.

3 months ago

Such a great spot! This is a working farm that takes donations and welcomes dogs! Keep the leashed at the parking lot, visitors center and farmland bug let them loose in the forest! They have 30 miles of trails so it's definitely an adventure.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Many options for hiking between roads and trails. To experience everything you need to make several visits.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Merck Forest has a great system of trails, Antone Mountain has nice views from the summit, and there are several other trails that have nice views of the valleys to the east and west. Some of the trails are quite challenging. There are also a number of educational offerings focusing on maple syruping, farming and there are plenty of livestock to watch. There are also nice rustic cabins and a lodge to rent. Great place to spend a day.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Gorgeous view from Mount Antone overlook.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

All of Merck Forest and Farmland Center's trails are open year-round for hiking, horseback riding, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. Our trail system, with over 30 miles of trails on 3,100 acres of land, is well-marked, and the trail terrain is variable: some loops cover easy-to-moderate terrain (great options for family treks), while other trails are steeper and rocky (more-suited to the experienced hiker). Many trails go through the forest, around the farm, travel along streams, and include beautiful views of the Taconic and Adirondack Mountains.
the visitor center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the staff is always friendly and helpful with trail recommendations.

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Monday, May 25, 2015